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Foobar2000 replay gain settings question.

post #1 of 13
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Capture.PNGShould I have these none?

They are originally set to:


album
apply gain
post #2 of 13

In my opinion, you would likely degrade sound quality a very small amount, but perhaps others would disagree.  I do not use replay gain.   As a rule of thumb, I try to avoid altering sound if possible.  You may find that replay gain's convenience may be more desirable than slightly better sound quality.

There is some discussion here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/87132/sheesh-remember-to-disable-replaygain-in-foobar-for-best-sound

 

My setup:

Replay gain disabled

ASIO4ALL ran with high process priority

no DSP plugins, although I do use Electric-Q via VST wrapper on occasion

all fader effects turned off

buffer in the 1000ms range

I set Full file buffering to 1000000 kB

 

 

Here is some info on ASIO if you're interested:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/221237/asio4all-explanation

 

 

 

 

 

post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by headfinoob View Post

There is some discussion here:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/87132/sheesh-remember-to-disable-replaygain-in-foobar-for-best-sound
The OP in that thread made unsubstanciated claims that he later more or less retracted. He was hearing differences with files that likely didn't even have replaygain tags in them.

To the OP of this thread: applying album replaygain is perfectly fine and won't degrade sound quality in the least. This is verifiable in an ABX test.
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by skamp View Post


The OP in that thread made unsubstanciated claims that he later more or less retracted. He was hearing differences with files that likely didn't even have replaygain tags in them.
To the OP of this thread: applying album replaygain is perfectly fine and won't degrade sound quality in the least. This is verifiable in an ABX test.


 

I cited that there was conversation regarding replay gain.  Admittedly, it is misleading if one doesn't read the rest of the thread though.  I probably should have searched for a more straightforward source of information on replay gain, but I thought it was an interesting read.  Furthermore, the thread didn't make it apparent to me whether replay gain is really a problem regarding sound quality.  Personally, I couldn't tell the difference when I listened to music with and without replay gain on my system.

If you have any good sources of info on replay gain and its actual effects, I would definitely check it out.

Thanks

post #5 of 13

of course it ruins the music but,

if you listen to modern compressed albums go ahead use it,

if classical or jazz then stay off..

post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by sonci View Post

of course it ruins the music

Automatically adjusting volume ruins music?
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by skamp View Post


Automatically adjusting volume ruins music?


Use what works for you.

post #8 of 13
If the mp3 in question clips without replaygain then NOT replaygaining most definitely degrades quality. You should have at least “avoid clipping“ on in processing and source mode can be either.
post #9 of 13
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Automatically adjusting volume ruins music?

Well, I can remind the good old theory of losing bits when you lower down the volume, but thats too banal,

 

imagine a classical piece with silence and peakes, the music goes up and then down for a reason, and it cant match well with the lates album of Noel Gallagher

 

as post 2 said:  replay gain's convenience may be more desirable than slightly better sound quality.

 

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by ROBSCIX View Post



Use what works for you.



You could sometimes writte down your PERSONAL opinion, angry_face.gif

 

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by sonci View Post

imagine a classical piece with silence and peakes, the music goes up and then down for a reason, and it cant match well with the lates album of Noel Gallagher

I don't think you understand how Replaygain works. It doesn't do anything to dynamic range, if that's what you're thinking.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by skamp View Post


I don't think you understand how Replaygain works. It doesn't do anything to dynamic range, if that's what you're thinking.


 

yes if its trac gain,

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by sonci View Post

yes if its trac gain,

No. Whether it's a track gain or an album gain, it only adjusts volume, it doesn't compress anything, it doesn't reduce dynamic range. I guess you mean, relative to other tracks (i.e. a silent track following a loud track becomes loud as well). Then use album gain, not track gain. But don't make wild claims that Replaygain destroys music.
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